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UWSP to host Small Cities workshop

5:04 PM, Apr. 3, 2014  |  Comments
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"The Built Environment: Planning and Design in Small Cities and Towns" will be held April 15 and 16 at the Dreyfus University Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The free event is intended for city planners and officials, architects, designers, transportation officials and interested citizens.

Keynote speaker Duane Thorbeck will speak at 7 p.m. April 15. He is the founder and director of the Center for Rural Design at the University of Minnesota. On April 16, the featured speaker will be Thomas Fisher at 12:45 p.m. Fisher is a professor of architecture and dean of the University of Minnesota's College of Design.

Six panel sessions on April 16 will include presentations by various speakers with planning and design expertise. Former Stevens Point planner Bill Burke from Lansing, Iowa, will examine the history of the downtown Stevens Point mall and address new trends in downtown planning. Portage County Planning and Zoning Director Jeff Schuler and Stevens Point Community Development Director Michael Ostrowski also will speak.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for the Small City, Center of Land Use Planning, Division of Interior Architecture, Department of Geography and Geology and the colleges of Letters and Science, Professional Studies and Natural Resources at UWSP. For more information and a full conference program, visit www.uwsp.edu/cols-ap/smallcity.

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